You've tried every diet under the sun, but you're still too chubby. You've just finished your dinner, but you’re still hungry...
Does this sound like you?
You could be a victim of mindless eating and, as such, may never reach your weight-loss goals.
What is mindful eating?
Mindful eating is...
- Being aware and totally present in the moment of eating.
- Paying close attention to the process of eating – the many sensations, thoughts and emotions that form part of this everyday act.
- Slowing down every aspect of the eating process to be fully aware of its different stages, and feeling connected to it.
- Eating to nourish your body and meet your hunger needs accurately, without eating too much or too little.
- Knowing the difference between hunger and satiety cues.
- Understanding the emotional triggers that urge you to eat or stop eating.
- Being aware of your food choices.
- Being alert and observant of how you think about food, and acknowledging food for what it is, rather than categorising it as “good” or “bad”.
- Adopting a mindful way of thinking about food – one in which you don’t judge yourself or disregard any critical thoughts about eating.
- A powerful tool for reawakening the pleasure in eating and drinking.
- An essential skill to managing, maintaining and improving your weight and overall health.
Mindful eating and your weight
Being mindful of what you eat and living a mindful lifestyle can result in significant changes in eating behaviour, weight and even psychological distress, especially in obese people. This is according to a 2010 study conducted by Jeanne Dalen and co-workers, published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine.
Mindful eating has also been shown to be effective in treating binge eating disorder. Findings published in the journ ... Read more